Friday, June 30, 2006

Comics to Ship (Today?)


LOVELESS #8 (MR) $2.99- I am not sure why I decided to start getting Loveless. Perhaps it was in that quest to find that perfect comic book for my father. (I am one of those people who leans toward the idea that there is a comic for everyone). However, I quickly found that Loveless and the characters and stories within were something special. A western focus is out of the ordinary from one of the big two anyway, and an expertly constructed one, with passion and focus for the genre. Well, this might be truly unique. And well worth a read.


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #533 CW $2.99- This has to be one of Strazynski's (writer) strongest arcs. Not because it has the most buzz. Or because it is the most passionate. But because it is structured well, and grounded in reality. If you have been reading this title, you know that Spidey has been in some pretty unbelievable stories. This is a breath of fresh air for the title. And for Civil War readers, a nice companion title.

DAREDEVIL #86 $2.99- This title... *drool* it has finally started putting Daredevil at the top of my read pile. I am in no way saying it was not of very high quality before the new team started. But something about this run has lit a spark in me, that I haven't felt since Kesel's run on DD... I think it might be the idea that anything can happen, and if you blink you might miss it.

NEW AVENGERS #21 CW $2.99- Didn't I just talk about this title last week, it sure feels like it. I think somebody hit the nail on the head in a review I read, which is that New Avengers tries to be and do too much, it was the resolution to Avengers Disassembled, which led to House of M, it dealt with Secret War, and now Civil War. And I hate to say it, but it is hard to do that... with a team full of personalities to pin down. Bendis needs to give himself and his title time to breathe, and maybe create that makes this title relevant to itself.

NEXTWAVE AGENTS OF HATE #6 $2.99- This is a pretty good example. There is not a thing that has happened in Nextwave that I can tie to any other title currently, and maybe that gives it a cult solidarity. But it works.

RUNAWAYS #17 $2.99- If you aren't picking this up, nothing I can say will convince you. This is a quality title, and has been for nearly 36 issues. I have put down every issue, and immediately wanted to know what happened next.
This hits on all cylinders (whatever that means). Give it a read! Hey, I said I couldn't convince you, doesn't mean I won't try.

SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE #7 $2.99- I would say something generic such as "Hey, I only get it cause it's Spider-Man." I try not to read comics like that. Buy what you like. And I like this book. I mean if Spider-Man the movie can feature the strong romantic theme that it does, why can't one of the comics do that too?

WOLVERINE #43 CW $2.99- I love Wolverine when he is focused. When he is all about doing what needs to be done. If it suits the character ... run with it. I don't want to see Wolverine and Punisher moping around a coffee house. I want to see them indulging in the darker side of vengeance. Reminding readers exactly why you don't want to be on that particular side. And Wolverine is the only one actually hunting for a guy who blew up a bus full of school children. Gotta love that.

X-FACTOR #8 CW $2.99- Not at all sure how this ties into Civil War. But this is one of the best books on the shelf. And I don't think I have ever said that about a book with an X in the title. Heed these words and know them well, Peter David tells some good yarns. If you see his name on a book, and you don't like it. You probably would not have liked that book written by anyone.

YOUNG AVENGERS #12 $2.99- Cha-ching. I have to say, this has been a book on a very wonky schedule. So, its conclusion is almost bittersweet. I hope the next time this title comes out, it might be just a bit more timely. A very good book, and likely will make a veeery good hardcover.

JUGHEAD #174 $2.25- I have explained my fondness for Jughead. I like the character. This is the comic I would buy if I could buy only one... blah blah. It just entertains me on a base level. Makes me happy everytime I go to read it.

VILLAINS #2 (OF 4) (MR) $3.25- I have no idea about this book. First issue is coming in this next shipment... I suppose it might be nice to read one and two together, except I don't think that two is coming in this shipment. Not sure what is going on there.


Kev said...

OK, deep breath...

If you write long comic-related posts, expect at least one long comment (comment seems something of a misnomer, when it runs into several paragraphs, but hey ho).

Didn't you get Loveless because of the Missouri connection? ;-) I really like this title. Westerns leave me cold in general (but then a childhood of being subjected to John Wayne is likely to have that effect). But this is so much more. The recent issues focussing on individual characters have been wonderful. The time line is not always entirely clear, and it is not without its faults, but as a whole, Loveless is a very well written book. The characters are so real. And for me,it gives an unglamourised insight into a historical period and place about which I know little.

Daredevil...I am still trying to accustom myself to Lark's pencils. They are fab, absolutely perfect for the book. But they are not Maleev. I miss Maleev more than I miss Bendis (shhh, don't tell a soul). The writing, thus far, is so good. Each issue bristles with tension. I am very excited about it.

I am not buying Nextwave, and I don't know why, really. I mean, it's Warren Ellis. But I did buy the #5 Crayon Butchery Variant (such a daft but fun idea). And no, I have not coloured it in, but I am thinking about it. I will probably indulge in the hardcover of this title. Fell has converted me wholeheartedly to Ellis's writing. And I want to support (bloody terrific) British comics writers.

I am still getting Runaways and Young Avengers mixed up in my head. I know it's inexcusable, but there it is. I think I go into some sort of panic mode when reading a team book. Maybe if I read it in arcs rather than depending on the issues as they come out (always, always in the same week as Young Avengers, just to confuse me still further)?

There is room on my pull list for a sweet angsty well written teenage book (just the one, mind you). Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane is that book. I love it.

X-Factor is consistently good. I enjoyed the Madrox mini a great deal, had high hopes for this as an ongoing, and it has certainly not disappointed. My only disappointment was that this issue sold out in less than 24 hours at my comic shop, and I will have to hunt it down.

Oh, and I don't like Jughead ;-) But you knew that.

Still awake after all that? Congratulations.

Darediva said...

I'm picking up only a few things now. DD, New Avengers (which I am ready to drop), Ultimates--so much better than NA, and Civil War. Thank goodness CW is going to be a short run.

I should look into Loveless, if you and kev both like it, it must be outstanding. ; )

There is still a need to find an alternative to the LCS, because rumours are flying that their time is running out, and the lack of customer service there is still the same.

Good to see some activity over here, amigo. I miss you on YM.

Darediva said...

*Sniff* I miss Maleev, even though Lark is doing a bang-up job with the action sequences, his Matt just isn't as (dare I say) gorgeous as Maleev's.

Brubaker is doing a helluva job with this storytelling. He's once again stripped Matt down to his soul, but in a different way than done before. It's a guilty pleasure to watch him act out in the prison arena. Unlikely alliances are certainly the spice to this stew.

Justin said...

While I agree that Lark lacks the polish and concistancy that Maleev brought, I also think it does not take away from the story at all.

I shudder to think what this arc would have been like from Scott McDaniel during his Fall From Grace days.

You might like Loveless... I believe a trade is coming soon. August, perhaps.